Union Honors Queens Doorman Of The Year
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), known as 32BJ, held its fourth annual Building Service Worker Awards on October 21 at the union’s headquarters in Manhattan. The event, hosted by journalist Jimmy Breslin and former City Comptroller William Thompson, recognized the outstanding service provided by workers in commercial and residential buildings. Carlos Cruz, a doorman for 28 years, was the Queens recipient of this year’s award. Cruz, who works at the Park Plaza in Rego Park, has been helping residents during the past 22 years in many different ways.
“I perform my usual duties but sometimes I go the extra step to make my residents happy,” Cruz said.
Cruz once had to go above and beyond the call of duty when he chased a man who had been trying to mug a woman in front of the building. As a reward, Cruz received $100 and a paid day off.
Another time a woman who lived in LeFrak City, located across the way on the other side of the Long Island Expressway, came into the lobby and told Cruz that she was being followed. Cruz summoned a cab and paid for her ride home.
“I always want the people who live in the building to feel good when they come home,” Cruz said. “You want a smiling doorman when you come back from a hard day at the office.”
Cruz added that not only was he unaware of his nomination for the best doorman in Queens, but didn’t even know that such an accolade even existed.
“It is a wonderful feeling and I am grateful to my residents, my family and to my union,” he said.
With more than 120,000 members in eight states 32BJ is the largest property service workers union in the country with headquarters at 101 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan.
For more information, visit www.seiu32bj.org.